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Book Tour Underway

The authors have decided upon a unique book tour — they are offering a series of engaging workshops highlighting the main themes of their work:

"If the work is sacred, then so are you."
"Do unto yourself as you seek to do unto others."

If you or your agency would like to organize an event with Dr. Burghardt and Dr. Tolliver, please contact Liz Laboy.

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Tax Photo_c.jpgAs the year quickly progresses spring has sprung and so has tax season! With tax season comes anxiety for some and new hope for many others. Anxiety that you may owe or how to spend your refund (more of the prior less of the latter). Being in the situation of owing IRS before and stressing until my hair nearly fell out I found that once I stopped and handled my business that the solution way less stressful than all of the effort that I had put into worrying. Now I have one simple rule when it comes to this... Reach out to them before they reach out to you. If you owe, you owe, call them up & get on a payment plan that you can handle and stop agonizing over it. The quicker you do this the less time you will spend on worrying over the unknown. Trust me knowing what you're up against is much better than walking around blindly through the dark.

Now on to those of us who are getting a refund and don't know what to do with it or think that we know exactly what to do with it. Let's take a moment to think because we want to spend this money wisely and not be in the same predicament were in today in another month or two. So before we spend a dime of our refund check, let's think about what we have, who/what we owe and what we actually NEED in regards to how much refund we're actually getting.

This means: Getting in front of your expenses instead of always running behind them. Start by creating a budget, write down everything you spent money on for a month no matter how minuscule and minute you may think a purchase is WRITE IT DOWN. Now that you have done the homework the next part is easy. Separate the list into two simple categories Necessities (food, transportation expenses to and from work etc...), and Not Necessities or splurges - don't cheat on these lists remember you'll only be cheating yourself in the end. Now add up each list separately. The total from your necessities will give you your nonnegotiable monthly expense report. Next deduct this total from you total monthly take home earnings. Now you can physically see a number and where you stand realistically without unnecessary expenses. Now deduct the total from those unnecessary items and see where you stand. By doing this you get a handle on how much you need to spend and then what you can spend based on real numbers, not the ones we make up in our head to justify that impulse buy.

Now look at your tax refund check... what would help you more out over the next year not month because remember tax season comes but once a year so you best choose wisely. For example which do you think is the best choice: 1. Buying that Big Screen TV or better yet if your refund isn't enough to buy it, putting a down payment on it and getting it financed with high financing fees if you don't pay it off by a certain time VS. 2. Paying off a few bills freeing up more money monthly helping your credit score and giving you room to save so you can buy that TV out right? I'm going with option #2. Although it will take a little longer, I just don't see how spending my whole refund check on one purchase when I still have other bills looming over my head would be a wise/transformational decision. Yes the thrill of the purchase is all good but what happens next month when I have to now pay that extra bill or I'm still struggling to pay my other bills that I had from before that a couple of which could've been eliminated if I had just used my refund to pay them off and thought about that Sony later.

Staying ahead of your expenses will minimize stress and mental fatigue. Less worrying about paying bills or purchase anxiety will aid in becoming a more organized, proactive and confident person making strides towards Self Transformation.

LTG Associate Kamili Franklin to Launch ‘Life Coaching' Program

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In response to the growing requests of younger professionals, especially from communities of color, to better negotiate the difficult transitions in work and life that confront people between 20 and 40 in today’s difficult job market and equally troubling social sphere, LTG is proud to announce that Kamili Franklin, LTG Associate since 2006, will be our first LTG Life Coach.

Two Exciting Seminars at DCAS EXPO for NYC Employees

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Leadership Transformation Group has been given the opportunity by New York City’s Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) to present two leadership seminars on September 12th, 2012 to all NYC employees at their annual EXPO held at 2 Washington Street.

Due to our success across the city within a variety of public and non-profit agencies, LTG partners decided to offer distinctive seminars that are less traditional than most management and leadership offerings.

MSU School of Social Work, Oct. 2012

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Steve Burghardt and Willie Tolliver have been invited by Michigan State University School of Social Work to present an all-day seminar based on their book “Stories of Transformative Leadership in the Human Services: Why the Glass Is Always Full.”

According to MSU Continuing education Director and Professor of Social Work Dr. Michele Brock, the LTG partner’ book “inspired students each term” in management and leadership courses offered at the School. Entitled “Transformative Leadership in Times of Crisis in Human Services,” the seminar is the centerpiece of the School’s continuing educational program for the Fall of 2012.

Burghardt will be travelling on October 19th to deliver the seminar, which will be followed by a reception honoring the two speakers.

Beyond Time Managaement: The Importance of Self-Care & Transformational Leadership in Times of Crisis

Citywide-Training-Center-Seminar.jpgOn October 24th and 25th of 2011 and again at the end of January of 2012 LTG will conduct a two day Management & Supervision Course for the The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). The two day course is offered in the Citywide Training Center Catalogue which is available for download.

On August 16th, LTG partner Liz Laboy co-hosted with consultant and trainer Kelly McGowan an exciting "Pro Action Café" workshop at Hunter College School of Social Work. This workshop is another example of LTG's growth and involvement in the newly emerging, democratic, and horizontal approaches to problem solving and team building that is at the heart of "communities of practice" created by Meg Wheatley, Harrison Owen, and others that places an emphasis on probing questions and the creativity of all workshop members rather than a few "talking heads" at the front of the room.

Macro Practice in Social Work for the 21st Century

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LTG partner, Steve Burghardt has just published a textbook with Sage Publications, Macro Practice in Social Work for the 21st Century. Combining his earlier work as a community organizer and his recent years as an LTG consultant and executive coach with human service agencies, the book develops an integrated "macro meets micro" approach for social workers and community organizers. By using a story-telling approach at the start of each chapter that features two young organizers at the start of their careers and as they develop into a field director and agency executive, the work follows the life span of those who work in the field, arguing that a commitment to social justice need not end at the grass roots level.

One of the most exciting chapters was written by LTG consultant Mohan V Krishna, who explored the use of the Internet as a vital organizing tool. By focusing on the explosion of "virtual organizing" after the defeat of Proposition 8 in California, Krishna goes on to analyze both the power to mobilize nation-wide actions that the internet provides as well as the possible limits in the creation of "virtual trust" and the implications for long-term organizing efforts.

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